“Ascendance is all. Ascendance is supreme.” — AaronC commenting on his own deck.
After joining Facebook in late 2012 (because of VTES), I have joined a couple of Facebook groups, and was astonished to see how many Facebook groups/events related to VTES actually exist. There’s not only the general VTES group, but also a reasonably sized list of national VTES groups:
- VTES Australia
- VTES Brasil
- VTES Germany
- VTES Poland (VTES.pl)
- VTES Sweden
- VTES UK
- VTES Origins (USA)
Also quite a few events have there own pages created in advance of the event, for example:
- VTES EC 2013
- Mistrzostwa Polski VtES (Polish National Championship 2013)
- Danish National Championship and Danish European Championship Qualifier 2013
- Swedish ECQ 2013
The lists above are not exhaustive, there only the ones on national level and events, there are many more for local playgroups, e.g. VTES Stockholm.
The Danish National VtES Championship 2013 and the Danish European VtES Championship Qualifier will take place at the same weekend. The two tournaments are scheduled to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 12th and 13th, 2012. Everyone, of course, is welcome to participate, and the organizers hope that as many players can make their way to Copenhagen as possible. For more information and pre-registration you can contact the organizer by sending an email to “c [/dot/] nislev [/at/] gmail [/dot/] com“.
- Date: May 12th (Saturday) and May 13th (Sunday), 2013
- Time Schedule:
- First round starting time: 12:00 (Saturday) and 10.30 (Sunday)
- Expected finishing time: 21.00 (Saturday) and 19.30 (Sunday)
- Format: Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN website.
- Number of rounds: 3 Rounds + Final
- Time limit: 2 hours per round
TBD (in Copenhagen)
- Pre-registration: Please pre-register by email to “c [/dot/] nislev [/at/] gmail [/dot/] com” so the organizers have an idea about numbers for prize support and other purposes.
- Travel Info & Accommodation: The organizers will do our best to help players from abroad with accommodation, either at the homes of local players or at a hostel/hotel if preferred. For info about accommodation and flights to Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup), email “c [/dot/] nislev [/at/] gmail [/dot/] com“.
You might also want to check out the event on Facebook.
“Rewinding is not the only available remedy. If rewinding is not logistically feasible, some other remedy should be applied.” — LSJ commenting on a remark that rewinding was not possible later in the game.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup (funny thread, you should read it!!)
This year the German National VtES Championship tournament will take place in Bochum, Germany on November 30th, 2013. Although it’s still quite some time until the tournament takes place, here are the details of the tournament
- Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2013
- Format: Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage. Please note that you will not have to qualify for this event. The top 5 players will automatically be qualified for participation in any Continental Championship in 2014.
- Time Table
- Registration — 12:00
- 1st Round — 13:00
- Entry Fee: tba
- Prizes: tba
- More Details and Registration
- Please register in the thread in the German VtES Forum or by contacting the organizer [prinz (/dot/) bochum (/at/) gmx (/dot/) de]
- The location is a pub, so you may not bring your own food and drinks.
As in the previous years, the Italian VtES Community will host the Italian Qualifier Tour in 2013. The qualifier tour begins in Milan on March 3rd and will end with the Italian National Championship in Florence on December 1st. The theme for the 2013 qualifier tour is about surviving the Gehenna, with each stage (standard constructed tournament) tied to a Gehenna event. Reports of the 2013 tournaments will be given during all of the 2013, as usual.
More details on the qualifier tour can be found in the Italian VTES forum.
Here are the results from the poll if the readers would like prefer a monthly or bi-monthly “Deck of the Month” selection. 101 readers of this blog participated in the poll, and these are the results
- Yes, bi-monthly is ok/better. — 52.48% (53 votes)
- No, keep the monthly frequency. — 37.62% (38 votes)
- I don’t care. — 8.91% (9 votes)
- Skip the feature altogether! — 0.99% (1 votes)
Although the majority thinks a bi-monthly “Deck of the Month” article is acceptable (52%), there’s a sizable majority for keeping the current schedule. Because of this result I have decided that I will choose a compromise. I will choose a “Deck of the Month” at least every other month. Meaning there will be at least six DotM in 2013, but most likely some more.
- Type of Event: National Championship (qualifying for this event is not necessary, everyone is welcome to participate.)
ul. St. Barbara
67-100 Nowa Sol
- Time Table:
- 11:30 – 13:40 — First Round
- 13:45 – 15:45 — Second Round
- 16:30 – 18:30 — Third Round
- 18:45 – 20:45 — Final Round
- Entry fee: tbd
- Format: 3R + final (2h time limit each)
- Rules: Standard Constructed. Detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
In case of questions you post them in the Polish VtES Forum.
“I remember the furor over Slaughterhouse, and later over Brinksmanship. I remember the furor over Baltimore Purge. I remember the furor over Meddling of Semsith. The sky may not be falling.” — Emmit Svenson during a heated discussion about the brokenness of Gehenna event cards.
Reference: Gehenna Events causing players to leave ..
After having conducted some interviews with some of the Polish VtES players before the EC 2011, I would like pick up the feature again and post the answers to a VtES-related questionnaire by well-known VtES players. The first one is the interview with the reigning European VtES Champion, Isak Esbjörnson Bjärmark.
Name: Isak Esbjörnsson Bjärmark
Year of Birth: 1986
Occupation: Teacher for Swedish and Social science (ages 13 to 16).
Hometown: I live in Gothenburg, but I’m from Örebro.
1. Question: Describe yourself … What’s your current occupation? Where do you live right now? ..
Answer: I’m in my mid.twenties and love gaming and teaching. I like playing game, cooking, talking. I’m a teacher since last Easter and I love the profession, so after some six odd years at the University it’s great to be a working man. Right now I live in Gothenburg together with my wife Ida, who fortunately enough share my love for gaming and VTES.
2. Question: When did you start VtES playing and how? For how long do you play it?
Answer: I was brought the game via a demo tournament that Alex Ek organized at a RPG convention. I got interested by the offer of getting the game demoed to my because I have been running a local V:TM LARP chronicle. When we got home from the convention I thought it to all of my friends and thus the Örebro play group was born. This was back in 2003, so I’ve been playing for about 10 years.
I find it increasingly hard to find appropriate candidates for the “Deck of the Month” feature That is, there are just fewer interesting decks to discover and build, since the influx of new cards stopped with the last expansion (“Heirs to the Blood” was released now three(!) years ago). Therefore I would propose to reduce the frequency for the Deck of the Month to every two months. I have put poll on the sidebar. Any additional thoughts and comments?
After having presented ten decks of the month in the past year, I have asked you to pick the Deck of the Year 2012. 76 votes have been cast in this poll.
So the winner for the Deck of Year 2012 is Genis Prats (ESP) with his “Alamut’s Horror Museum” deck. Congratulations to Genis for building and winning with this deck. Unfortunately for the winner, there is no actual prize support for this “award” other than your five minutes of fame.
- January 2012: Alamut’s Horror Museum by Genis Prats (ESP) — 28.36% (19 votes)
- July 2012: Bankia by Txus Alutiz (ESP) — 20.9% (14 votes)
- September 2012: Undeles Bag of Dicks by Aleksi Nuora (FIN) — 16.42% (11 votes)
- February 2012: Unnamed shatter by Ferenc Vasadi (HUN) — 11.94% (8 votes)
- November 2012: The Complex Machinations of the Mind of Fred Scott by Brian Moritz — 7.46% (5 votes)
- June 2012: El traumatologo del dolor by Luis Fonseca (ESP) — 5.97% (4 votes)
- December 2012: Extremely Silent and Incredibly Far Away by Dennis Lien (USA) — 2.99% (2 votes)
- May 2012: African Library by James Messer (USA) — 2.99% (2 votes)
- October 2012: Chorripan Festival by Javier Rodríguez Fernández (ESP) — 1.49% (1 votes)
- August 2012: “James “The Knife” Angry Dragon by Brad Cashdollar (USA) — 1.49% (1 votes)